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Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension

START
Thu, May 2, 2019

END
Fri, May 3, 2019

VENUE
Science Center Hall A

ADDRESS
Science Center Hall A
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138

As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Professor Michael Witzel from Harvard University will lead a conference titled “Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension.” Ritual has played a major role in Hindu societies, from the Vedas to modern times, and it has been particularly prominent in Nepalese society. It accompanies individuals from morning until night, from birth to death, and it shapes the customs of society throughout the year. This conference will explore some of the rituals, past and present, that are typical for Nepal. Stress is put on the extensive documentation that has been carried out over the past few decades, with a particular focus on fire rituals.


Engaging with India: Engaging with Feminism

START
Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 07:30pm

COST   Free

VENUE
Harvard University
Loeb House

ADDRESS
Harvard University
Loeb House
17 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
02138

Engaging with India: Engaging with Feminism and the Passion of “The Before Midnight’s Children”

Speaker: Devaki Jain, Economist, Writer, and Recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award

The Harish C. Mahindra Lecture Series is given in honor of the late Harish C. Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard College and a visionary leader of business and industry in India. The lecture is an important component in continuing the education and understanding of the challenges facing South Asia, and provides an ideal forum for the next generation of global leadership.

This year, Devaki Jain will be giving the Mahindra Lecture. Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer who has made significant contributions to feminist economics, social justice, and women’s empowerment in India. In 2006, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan — the third-highest civilian honor from the Government of India — for her contributions to society. In this lecture, she will weave her own personal story into the political story of India and discuss her engagement with public life, activism, and her current work in feminist economics.

A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. 


Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to Change the World

START
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

A lecture and demonstration by Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand both as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has created and performed classical and contemporary works around the world. A constant activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Sarabhai has created numerous stage productions that have raised awareness about crucial issues, advocating change throughout India.

Moderator:

Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University


Film Screening: Amar Kanwar — Such a Morning

START
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 07:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 09:00pm

COST   $12

Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) is a New Delhi-based filmmaker and artist whose work has powerfully mined the potential of a slower, drifting method of moving image to forge a politically charged and engaged mode of gently expanded cinema. Kanwar’s critically acclaimed yet fiercely debated Such a Morning hovers on the border between magical realist allegory and slow cinema trance film with an almost Calvino-like fable of a renowned mathematician impulsively abandoning his university post, without explanation, to hibernate in a train car abandoned deep in a lush forest.


Artist Talk: Amar Kanwar

START
Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 08:00pm

Amar Kanwar presents an artist talk. The following evening on Friday, April 19, 7 pm, Such a Morning will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive.

Both Amar Kanwar programs are presented in collaboration with The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Film Archive, Film Study Center, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.


India’s Upcoming Elections: What’s at Stake?

START
Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 06:15pm

END
Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
Land Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Land Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

In this event, Professor Ashu Varshney, Ronak Desai, and Hasit Shah will discuss the pressure points of the upcoming Indian election.

Speakers:
Ashu Varshney, Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia and Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University
Ronak Desai, Vice Chair of the Indian Practice at Steptoe and Law & Security Fellow at New America
Hasit Shah, Journalist and Expert on Digital Media and Internet Access in India


Culture, Language, and Identity: Perspectives Through South Asian Art

START
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:30pm

The show features two artists from Pakistan and India who reflect on the impact of The 1947 Partition of British India in their works. Mahboob Jokhio and Krupa Makhija explore the interplay between culture, language and identity through a deeply personal lens.


The Art of the Ghazal: Ali Sethi and Ali Asani

START
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 05:00pm

END
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 07:00pm

VENUE
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

ADDRESS
Fong Auditorium
Boylston Hall
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA

In this demonstration, Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani will take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and developed into a significant literary genre in Persian, Urdu, and other South Asian languages. It may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love, often associated with traditions of spirituality in South Asia.

Experience the emotional journey of Sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and  Asani trace the history, evolution, and form of popular Urdu ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.


Visiting Artist Fellows Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

START
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 08:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Allston Education Portal

ADDRESS
Harvard Allston Education Portal
224 Western Ave.
Allston, MA

The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, the Mittal Institute’s Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the deeply personal issues of culture, language, and identity in the region.


2019 Summer Grants Open House

START
Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

The Mittal Institute’s summer student grant applications for 2019 are now open. If you’re a Harvard undergraduate or graduate student looking to fund your researchinternship, or language study in South Asia this summer, the deadline to apply for a grant is February 8. Come hear about The Mittal Institute’s funding opportunities for Summer 2019.

At our Open House, you can get all of your questions answered about the grants and the application process. Join us to learn more and enjoy some delicious South Asian food. RSVP to our event on Facebook!

Please note: This opportunity is only available to current Harvard students.



Welcome Back Mixer

START
Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 04:30pm

END
Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 06:00pm

COST   Free

VENUE
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South Concourse
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate the start of the school year with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. Meet our team and learn about funding opportunities that are available to students and fellows, and see about the various South Asia-related students group at Harvard. There will be free tea and snacks, and all are welcome!